Archives / 15 June 2018

  • New alerts to step up counter terrorism and boost returns

    New alerts to step up counter terrorism and boost returns

    An informal deal for three new regulations on the use of the Schengen Information System (SIS), concretely dedicated to boosting the fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and irregular migration, was struck by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament on Tuesday. It concerns the fields of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, border checks and the return of illegally staying third-country nationals.

  • Brexit inches closer with parliament vote

    Brexit inches closer with parliament vote

    The UK is largely on track to leaving the EU on schedule as last Wednesday PM Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her Brexit blueprint in parliament, news wires reported. MPs supported the government's position to reject amendments to the EU withdrawal bill that challenged May's commitment to leave the EU's customs union and single market. With the vote, the overall shape of her Brexit strategy was left intact, and that will transform Britain's trading relationships for decades.

  • €13bn defence fund makes EU safer

    €13bn defence fund makes EU safer

    The European Commission proposed last Thursday a €13bn European Defence Fund within the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027. It will provide the financial firepower for cross-border investments in state-of-the-art and fully interoperable technology and equipment in areas such as encrypted software and drone technology, the Commission said.

  • G7 fiasco deepens uncertainty

    G7 fiasco deepens uncertainty

    The G7 summit held the weekend of 9 June in Canada turned into a complete fiasco after US President Donald Trump refused to sign a joint statement, leaving European leaders aghast at another diplomatic snub. That statement had sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade. Since Trump's election in November 2016, the EU has been scrambling for a strategy to deal with the unpredictable leader in the White House who has shattered old certainties about the transatlantic alliance.